Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toddler Takes His First Steps. Just Hours before His Leg Is Amputated

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toddler Takes His First Steps. Just Hours before His Leg Is Amputated

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A BRAVE toddler took his first proper steps just hours before having his leg amputated.

Oliver Price's parents watched as he pushed his baby walker around the children's ward at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital - a memory they say they will never forget.

Shortly after, the 15-month-old was taken down to theatre where surgeons worked for almost four hours to remove his left leg, which had become severely deformed by a huge and rare nerve tumour known as plexiform schwannoma.

Hayley, 26, and husband Joe, 29, are now sharing their son's story to raise awareness - and offer other parents support.

Mum-of-one Hayley, who lives in Winsford in Cheshire, said that when Oliver was born in March 2016, he had two small red spots on his left leg, and each time she pointed them out to midwives or health visitors, she was told there was nothing to worry about - and was even told by a dermatologist it was just a birthmark.

"They started to grow and become lumpy, I knew it wasn't a birthmark and I begged for Oliver to be seen by a specialist," Hayley said.

"Eventually we were referred to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, but we had to fight for it. We had a fantastic doctor, but even he didn't know what it was so they ordered a biopsy. When the results came back we found out it was a non-cancerous nerve tumour, but it was so rare they had to send the results to America for more testing."

Oliver also had a tumour behind his knee. In January he underwent surgery to remove it, but within weeks it had begun to grow back.

The following month they were hit with the devastating news that his other tumour was in fact two tumours that had wrapped around the bone.

It could not be operated on and Oliver needed a mid-thigh amputation.

"I couldn't stop the tears from running down my face," Hayley said.

"Words can't explain the moment we were told my precious little boy would have his leg taken away. …

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